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– Radhika Maheshwari

Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar (for the second successive year) have made it to the ‘World’s 100 highest-paid entertainers’, released by Forbes on 17th July’2018. Shah Rukh Khan – who was ranked 65th in the Forbes 2017 list – has dropped out of this year’s Forbes list.

Akshay Kumar has secured the 76th spot sharing the place with Scarlett Johansson — with earnings of Rs 270 crore ($40.5 million) this year. Salman Khan’s earnings in 2017-18 so far have been Rs 251 crore ($37.7 million) which gave him the 82nd spot. The Bollywood film stars join the ranks of international actors such as George Clooney and Dwayne Johnson in ‘The World’s Highest-Paid Entertainers 2018 list which is topped by American Boxer, Floyd Mayweather ($285 million).

Forbes, while describing Akshay, stated that “One of Bollywood’s leading men, “who has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha,’ a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and ‘Padman,’ about a guy hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He still mints millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready.”

For Salman, the magazine said, “This Bollywood mainstay continues to produce and star in hits such as ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India’s top earners.”

The world’s 10 highest paid celebs and their earnings, according to Forbes:

  1. Floyd Mayweather: $285 million
  2. George Clooney: $239 million
  3. Kylie Jenner: $166.5 million
  4. Judy Sheindlin: $147 million
  5. Dwayne Johnson: $124 million
  6. U2: $118 million
  7. Coldplay: $115.5 million
  8. Lionel Messi: $111 million
  9. Ed Sheeran: $110 million
  10. Cristiano Ronaldo: $108 million
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